Intimations of Immortality Dies natalis
Gerald Finzi

Intimations of Immortality Dies natalis

Corydon Singers Corydon Orchestra / John Mark Ainsley

CDH 55432 - 0034571154329

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This album brings together two of Finzi’s most characteristic works. Dies natalis, a setting of prose and verse by the seventeenth-century metaphysical poet Thomas Traherne, is a piece of sublime concord and timelessness, music which vividly suggests the vision of a child’s innocence and unsullied perception of the world which lies at the heart of Traherne’s philosophy. Intimations of Immortality is by contrast a lament for the lost joys of Traherne’s idealized childhood. Finzi uses Wordsworth’s famous ode to convey his view that ‘a dead poet lives in many a live stockbroker’ and the result is a work of arresting beauty. 

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Dies natalis Op. 8
    I. Intrada
    05:08
  • 2
    Dies natalis Op. 8
    II. Rhapsody Recitativo stromentato
    06:33
  • 3
    Dies natalis Op. 8
    III. The Rapture Danza
    03:38
  • 4
    Dies natalis Op. 8
    IV. Wonder Arioso
    04:25
  • 5
    Dies natalis Op. 8
    V. The Salutation Aria
    04:48
  • 6
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    Andante sostenuto
    05:17
  • 7
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream
    03:25
  • 8
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    The Rainbow comes and goes
    02:27
  • 9
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    Now, while the birds thus sing a joyous song
    04:21
  • 10
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    Ye blesse?d Creatures, I have heard the call
    00:57
  • 11
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    Oh evil day! if I were sullen
    02:09
  • 12
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    But there’s a Tree, of many, one
    02:27
  • 13
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting
    03:41
  • 14
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    Earth fills her lap with pleasures of her own
    01:49
  • 15
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    O joy! that in our embers
    03:05
  • 16
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    But for those first affections
    04:09
  • 17
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    Then sing, ye Birds, sing, sing a joyous song!
    03:56
  • 18
    Intimations of Immortality Op. 29
    And O, ye Fountains, Meadows, Hills, and Groves
    04:32